Genoa trasforms itself into a scenario for the great sculptures of Costa Rican artist Jiménez Deredia (Heredia, 1954), that become a powerful symbol in the urban landscape of Genoa in autumn, going from Brignole Station to Porto Antico.
Eight great sculptures, 7 of which still unreleased to public, with the typical circular and oval shapes recurring in the artist's sculptural imagery, will lead the visitor in a fluid and harmonic path through the city.
The city of Genoa, with its culture and history, is the ideal scenario to present the sculptures of Jiménez Deredia, Costa Rican artist living in Liguria. The circular and oval shapes recurring in his sculptural imagery leas the visitor in a fluid and harmonic path through the city.
Jiménez Deredia uses the sphere as a symbol to awaken ancestral values, hinting at transformation, it is shadows transforming into light. Therefore, for Deredia the sphere is not a statical element; it is a path, a process, a journey: the journey of a man starting to comprehend his own being and the elements that live inside each of us. For Deredia, we all are a breath of life rotating around a burning sun inside the vastness of space.
Jiménez Deredia is one of the main contemporary artists in Latin America, but he's been living in Liguria since 1976. The exhibition project "Deredia in Genoa - The sphere between two worlds" is therefore the result of a deep bond between Deredia and the ligurian territory, that adopted him more than forty years ago.
THE EXHIBITION ITINERARY
The exhibition in Genoa will feature eight great sculptures, seven of which exhibited for the first time.
"Evolucion", exhibited in Piazza De Ferrari, is the artist's bigger sculpture, and it was previously exhibited only once, in Mexico City in 2015.
Here's the list of the exhibited works
PAREJA (Bronze) – Stazione Brignole
CREPUSCULO (Bronze) – Piazza De Ferrari
EVOLUCION (Bronze) – Piazza De Ferrari
CONTINUACION (Bronze) – Piazza Matteotti
IL VIAGGIO (Marble) – Porto Antico
ENCANTO (Marble) – Porto Antico
REFUGIO (Marble) - Porto Antico
ARRULLO (Bronze) - Porto Antico
Near every installation the visitor will find a map of the entire exhibition path, in order to move easily around the city and find the different stages of the artist's journey.
Jiménez Deredia was born in Heredia, Costa Rica, on October 4, 1954.
At 22 years old, in 1976, he moved to Italy, where he started working with marble and bronze.
He graduated at the Academy of Fine Arts in Carrara and studied architecture at the University of Florence.
The intellectual fervor of that period helped the artist understand the symbolism of the pre-Columbian sphere of the Boruca people, constant inspiration in his works.
In 1985 he composed the first Genesis, works describing distinct phases of mutations of matter through space and time, thus beginning to create his artistic ideology: Transmutative Symbolism.
For the Great Jubilee in 2000, the Fabric of Saint Peter commissioned the artist the marble statue of Saint Marcellin Champagnat to exhibit into St. Peter's Basilica, inside a niche created by Michelangelo Buonarroti in 1544-1564.
In 2006, after a great personal exhibit in Florence, Deredia was appointed Corresponding Academician in the Class of Sculpture by the Academy of Fine Arts in Florence, an honour he shares with Michelangelo Buonarroti, Tiziano, Tintoretto, Palladio and Galileo Galilei.
In 2009, Deredia held an important personal exhibit in Rome, exhibiting his works in three different museums, in the main squares and near the Coliseum. In that occasion, the Roman Forum hosted contemporary artworks for the first time, exhibiting the sculptures along the Via Sacra.
Since 2003, Deredia has been organizing an international circuit of monumental exhibits en plein air. His exhibiting path crossed many cities, from Florence to Rome, from Valencia to Trapani, from La Baule in France to Mexico City, from Lucca to San José and Miami.
Throughout his career, this peculiar artist and thinker from Latin America created monumental works of art for exhibits, museums and public spaces in Europe, Asia, the United States and Latin America, bringing a message of peace and hope with the most physical of arts: sculpture.
DEREDIA IN GENOA - THE SPHERE BETWEEN TWO WORLDS
16 september - 30 november 2020
The exhibit is a production of the Genoa Municipality in partnership with Esselunga (Institutional Sponsor of the Genoa Municipality) and Enel (Main Sponsor), with the contribution of the S.Paolo Foundation.